Seminar "Development Economics" Sommer 2020  

Seminar "Development Economics"

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Volz
Date: 24 June 2020
To be graded: Term paper (guidelines)
Topic subscription: Please write an email with your three preferred topics to sonnenberg(at)
Submission deadline for term paper: 3.7.2020 per email to uv1(at)

Course Contents and Learning Objectives

This course provides an introduction to central themes in development economics. The current challenges of developing and emerging economies will be given particular attention. Topics that will be addressed include, inter alia: poverty, inequality and growth; industrial policy and the role of foreign investment in economic development; trade and economic growth; institutions, geography and policies; the middle-income trap; financial sector development and economic growth; does financial globalisation benefit or hurt development?; sustainable development and environmental challenges; the resource curse; and the aid debate.

Students will obtain a good overview of the major concepts of economic development and the factors that drive or inhibit development. Previous knowledge of development economics is not required.

Course Requirements and Grading

Students are expected to attend the entire seminar and actively participate in discussions. The course requirements are as follows:

1. Course participation: Students are requested to participate and actively contribute to discussions in class.

2. Class presentation: Each student shall give a 15 minute long presentation in class. Presentation topics will be assigned before the start of the course. The discussion in class will be built around the presentations.

3. Essay: The essay should be written on the topic on which the student will present. The essays should be written in English, and should be of no more than 3,000 words in length. Essays should be emailed to the instructor. Submission deadline is 23:59 3.7.2020. For essay guidelines, see this page.

Seminar topics

2.Industrial policy and the role of foreign investment in economic development
3.Trade and economic growth
4.Institutions, geography and policies
5.The middle-income trap
6.Financial sector development and economic growth
7.Does financial globalisation benefit or hurt development?
8.Sustainable development and environmental challenges
9.The resource curse
10.The aid debate

letzte Änderung: 13.05.2020